Italy approves extradition of London bombings suspect

An Italian court on Wednesday approved the extradition to Britain within 35 days of one of the suspected bombers in the July 21 attack on London's transport system, Judge Domenico Massimo Miceli said.

Ethiopian-born Hamdi Issac, also known as Osman Hussein, will appeal the ruling, his lawyer told reporters. Issac, also known as Osman Hussein, was seized in Rome a week after the July 21 attacks, which killed no one but brought chaos to the London transport system, reports Reuters.

According to CNN, Issac's attorney, Antonietta Sonnessa, who was present during the August 9 interrogation, told reporters that her client again said the bomb was meant to "make noise" and demonstrate his opposition to the Iraq war.

"There were some nails (in the backpack)," she said, "but the explosive was not meant to kill."

The other three men suspected of carrying the bombs - Ibrahim Muktar Said, Yassin Omar and Ramzi Mohamed - along with Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, suspected of abandoning his backpack in a London park, have been charged in London with conspiracy to murder. Said, Omar and Mohamed have also been charged with attempted murder.

Sonnessa told reporters that Judge Domenico Massimo Miceli and four or five British officers, including a translator, were present during the two-hour questioning at Rome's Regina Coeli prison.

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